I need some advice here.
My 7 year old started his keyboard lessons in Oct last year, he had never played before. We are not a musical family, I just thought this would help get him off the TV/xbox. Initially, he did not like the idea but he has got to enjoy a bit more. Now he practices for a minimum of 30 minutes everyday, without fail.
By December he was playing all the songs in Complete Keyboard Player 1 & 2 and his teacher moved him onto Grade 1 keyboard and in March, on his teacher's advice he moved onto Grade 2 lessons before he could take the Grade 1 exam.
Our church pianist convinced me that he would be better off doing piano rather than keyboard (not that I know the difference). After speaking to his teacher he started piano lessons in May. A month later his teacher moved to Grade 2 because he said it would be a waste of time to continue with Grade 1 lessons, as he was much better than Grade 1. He is now fluent in his pieces and his teacher was really pleased with his progress.
Unfortunately, we have just moved and we have had to find a new teacher. The old teacher was preparing him for LCM exams and the new teacher has said he has had no previous experience whatsoever with LCM. He enters all his students for ABRSM. Two weeks ago, my son did play for him the LCM pieces and he was impressed but he was uncomfortable taking him on to do LCM (Unless if we insisted). Last week I bought the AB scales and exam pieces and he has started practising these.
My questions (I need advice)
1. Should I register him for ABRSM exams now, he'll have roughly two months to practise the peices. (After reading some blogs I notice that many kids take up to 5 years before doing their Grade 1. I have not had any of the teachers use the word 'precocious' with him) Is there adequate time to change exam boards without putting him under undue pressure? The closing date is 2 days away?
2. Should I register him for LCM exams? His new teacher is clearly unhappy to guide him on this course because he does have the experience.
3. Should I forget this sittiing and register him for the next sitting? My only worry with this option is that he might get discouraged as he has been talking about taking these exams since May. Or should I start him on Grade 3 pieces, I am thinking may be he will be good enough to move onto Grade 3 by the next sitting. This way, he won't feel like he's not progressing??
Unfortunately, his new teacher is away this week and so I cannot even get his opinion on this. I did not realise that the ABRSM exams were just two months away when I spoke to him two weeks ago.